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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Kreglinger Vintage Brut 2006

A fine bead, moussey strands that connect together. 

Bready, leesy, yeasty notes - time on lees adds this substantive depth. Suggestion of macerated strawberry. A wine of substance, of volume, and presence. Creamy, honeyed hints, biscuit, nougat and apple strudel. 

An impressive wine: power and finesse. The finish - long and dry.  93

Tasted on: 9th December 2015
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://kreglingerwineestates.com/

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Coriole Picpoul 2015

Great to see this variety being produced in Australia now. This is the first commercial bottling of the variety I am aware of. The vines were imported in 2008, planted in 2011. This, the second vintage of the wine, the first in 2014 saw a mere 40L made and in 2015 that was increased to 150 dozen.

Rock melon, ripe pear, a little stonefruit kernel, alpine glade/ resin. 


Palate sees a little fleshiness, acidity (variety famed for), mineral, segues to a little white pepper; fresh and refreshing. Arm yourself with half a dozen bottles (if it wasn't sold out!) and gather round a table to share with friends.

Good finish, length, dry. A fantastic addition to the Australian wine scene. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 2nd December: Leaf to Fruit
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.coriole.com

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Signature Wines Reserve Range Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Reserve shows more of the hallmark gooseberry and passionfruit here, defined tropicals - the herbaceous present, yet taking more of of a back seat. Somewhat easing, or reclining into the wines profile.

Acid present, yet dialled down; fruit character more prominent here, a little texture, more in balance

Classical length, a wine that leaves a memory of what came before. 90/1



Tasted on: Monday 30th November: Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.signaturewines.com.au/

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Yelland & Papps Sete di Vino 2014

A wickedly delicious blend of Primitivo (78% ) and Barbera (22%) from the Barossa. Continues in the same vein as its cousins from former years (reviews).

Black fruited: kirsch-like, plum brandy. Rich, heady, concentrated. Palate is mid to full, juicy, good acid balance; plum follows on the palate, spice and tannin too. Hints of citrus. 

Shows a satsuma plum on the finish. Good length - If not overtly generous. Juicy, satisfying style - can easily pop this lover in the fridge for 20-30 mins to take the edge off on a stinking summer's day. 89 

Tasted on: Thursday 5th November, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://yellandandpapps.com/

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Champagne Brimoncourt Blanc de Blanc NV

Pretty impressive wesbite from Brimoncourt, a somewhat new negociant Champagne house, in the process of acquiring its own holdings. 


Its raison d'être is: "to get back to the original DNA of champagne, to the time when it was a light and joyful wine, a wine that was drunk with friends, a wine for meeting with people but not at all formal".


Certainly in its presentation and presence in the bottle it appears to achieve that. Delicate, suggestive of quince, stonefruit, a little biscuit. Lean, tight, acid feels quite hard, green apples and citrus; powdery/ chalky. 


It's light, a little tang, has you yearning for more - very easy to drink. Puts you in the frame of mind, or certainly suggestive of, a great entree fizz. Set the scene. 
Creaminess pervades, citrus concludes. 92 

Tasted on: 28th November, a Fower day
Source: Sample
Price: $78
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://brimoncourt.com/en/

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Signature Wines Estate Range Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Carries the signature (excuse the pun) of both region and variety - in that order too. Cut grass, a little nettle, fleshy and open tropicals - yet managing to eschew the overt characters many are afflicted with.

Zesty, with lively acidity, a little chalky pucker - adds additional character and provides a textural counterpoint to the sharpness of acid.


Carries a little bitter citrus at its conclusion, reasonable length to boot. Summer days are here. 89

Tasted on: Monday 30th November: Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.signaturewines.com.au/

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